Short forms and long forms in the Past Perfect Simple

How to use short and long forms with the Past Perfect Simple

We often use short forms of auxiliaries in spoken English. The Past Perfect Simple is formed with the auxiliary had.

1. Affirmative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyhad beenId been
you had beenyoud been
he had beenhed been
we had beenwed been

2. Negative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyI had not beenId not been
hadn’t been
you had not beenyoud not been
you hadn’t been
he had not beenhed not been
he hadn’t been
they had not beentheyd not been
they hadn’t been